International Regimes

  • David Armstrong
  • Lorna Lloyd
  • John Redmond
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Part of the The Making of the 20th Century book series

Abstract

The process of international organisation is concerned with the development by states of ways of regulating their conflicts, jointly managing for their collective benefit various specific areas of activity and, most ambitiously, planning for peaceful change towards agreed goals. Sometimes this has involved the creation of large multipurpose institutions such as the League, UN or EU. However, the essential core of international organisation is not the various administrative buildings in New York, Brussels, Geneva and elsewhere which represent the relevant institution in the public mind, but the rules, regulations and agreed procedures for which the institutions have assumed responsibility. In this sense the main thrust of international organisation is the development of ‘international regimes’: sets of rules which aim to regulate some specific activity of international interest. Thus defined, regimes encompass not only formal institutions but many informal, decentralised arrangements among states, and sometimes among non-state actors, such as the Swiss-based International Committee of the Red Cross which has an important role in relation to the Geneva Conventions on war.

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Nickel Depression Europe Cobalt Manganese 

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  • Lorna Lloyd
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